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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is when someone or groups of people act in a way that causes harassment, alarm or distress to others.

ASB is defined in law as:

'Where a person has acted; in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not from the same household as him/herself. This sort of behaviour includes but is not limited to behaviour such as unruly and drunken behaviour, fly tipping, graffiti, threatening and abusive language, domestic violence and many other types of behaviour which prevents others from enjoying a normal life.'

There are many different types of anti-social behaviour, and sometimes relatively minor disputes between neighbours can escalate into incidents of anti-social behaviour.

ASB can include:

  • harassment: hate crime, intimidation, verbal abuse, bullying
  • noise: animals such as barking dogs, car and property alarms, TVs / stereos on too loud, fireworks, parties and loud music, DIY, running a business from home
  • parking: abandoned vehicles, obstructions, dangerous parking, caravans or HGVs
  • nuisance: gatherings, vandalism, graffiti, fireworks, joyriding / bikes, harassment
  • use and trade of illicit substances such as drugs
  • other types: fly tipping, overgrown gardens, dog fouling, roaming animals / pets

What is not ASB?

Some actions can be annoying but are not classed as anti-social unless they become persistent or escalate to other forms of nuisance.

  • noise from children playing
  • personal differences
  • normal living noise such as doors banging, toilets flushing etc.

What you can do about ASB

You can report the incident to the relevant authority:

You can also take private legal action.

What is being done about anti-social behaviour?

We act in conjunction with the Safer Swansea Partnership to help tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) throughout the Swansea area.

Anti-social behaviour case review (Community Trigger)

The anti-social behaviour (ASB) case review allows victims of persistent ASB, who have previously reported incidents to one or more agencies, to request a review of their case where they feel the actions taken have not been adequate.

Frequently asked questions about anti-social behaviour

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about anti-social behaviour.

Anti-social behaviour on council estates

There are a number of ways that we can help tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) on council estates.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse occurs when an individual suffers physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, or financial abuse by a current partner, previous partner, or an adult family member.

Hate crime

Find out about reporting hate crime and how to get support if you, or someone you know, is a victim of hate crime.